Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Date Program Tables are updated: June 20, 2017


Internship Program Admissions 

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours

Yes, at least 400 hours by November 1 of the application year

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours


Other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants

To be considered for the CAPS Internship Program, applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited (or CPA-accredited) doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology.
  • Successful completion of doctoral comprehensive exams.
  • A minimum of 400 intervention hours from practica by November 1 as stated above, and a minimum of 1,200 total practicum hours.  Refer to the AAPI for what are included under "Intervention Experience."  These hours may also include practicum training accrued during a terminal masters program.  Although we value applicants' non-practicum clinical work in mental health services (e.g., jobs, volunteer work) as a helpful indicator of applicants' overall background and experience in the field, hours of non-practicum services should not be counted towards this criterion.
  • Approval by the academic training program verifying readiness for internship.
  • Completion of all required coursework and practica prior to the starting date of the internship.
  • Favorable consideration will be given to applicants who will have completed or made substantial progress toward. completion of their dissertation by the start of the internship year.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year 

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns:  at least $ 27,419

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns:  Not applicable  

Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?   Yes

  • Trainee contribution to cost required?   Yes     
  • Coverage of family member(s) available?   Yes
  • Coverage of legally married partner available?   Yes (including same-sex spouse)
  • Coverage of domestic partner available?   No

Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)

  • Hours of Annual Paid Vacation: 120 hours
  • Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave: 80 hours
  • In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?     Yes (must be consulted and approved by CAPS and Northwestern's Human Resources)

Other Benefits

  • Hours of Professional Development Leave: 56 hours (e.g., dissertation work and defense, graduation, job interviews, conferences including the Big Ten Conference)
  • Interns choose from health insurance options available to other Northwestern employees and pay the fee for the chosen plan; options to include a spouse and dependents are available. 
  • Each intern has her/his own office, equipped with a computer, printer, Internet access, digital recording technology, and voicemail. 
  • As Northwestern employees, interns have Northwestern e-mail accounts, business cards, access to library resources, and discounts at local merchants.

Initial Post-Internship Positions

Aggregated Tally for 3 Preceding Cohorts


Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts: 9

Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree: 0

                                                                                    PD               EP

         Community mental health center                                                           1                             0

         Federally qualified health center                                                            0                             0

         Independent primary care facility/clinic                                              1                             0

         University counseling center                                                                    6                             1

         Veterans Affairs medical center                                                              0                             0

         Military health center                                                                                  0                             0

         Academic health center                                                                              0                             0                

         Other medical center or hospital                                                             0                             0  

         Psychiatric hospital                                                                                      0                             0                

         Academic university/department                                                            0                             0                          

         Community college or other teaching setting                                     0                             0                               

         Independent research institution                                                           0                             0                           

         Correctional facility                                                                                      0                             0                  

         School district/system                                                                                0                             0                     

         Independent practice setting                                                                   0                             0                         

         Not currently employed                                                                              0                             0                     

         Changed to another field                                                                            0                             0                     

         Other                                                                                                                  0                             0           

         Unknown                                                                                                           0                             0            

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table is counted only one time.